Monrovia, Liberia- Reports filtering in circles around Monrovia says, former Liberian President, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reportedly told investigators that she can’t remember anything, and that at 80-yrs, she can’t remember circumstances surrounding missing money.
A local daily, The Hot Pepper Newspaper first broke the news, and quoted a source closed to the former President who also quoted the President as saying,”I am an old woman, I’m 80 years old. I can’t remember anything.”
According to the report, President Sirleaf told the investigative team that she doesn’t know about any money, and left a “turning over note” for President Weah when she vacated the Executive Mansion. She told the team to refer all questions pertaining to any money to President Weah.
The Hot Pepper Newspaper source further stated that the investigative team left President Sirleaf’s home frustrated and in a downbeat mood as she was uninviting and portrayed an aggressive posture.
The Liberian Billboard in an interview with a source close to the former President who asked not to be named, awhile ago reiterated the President’s stance as reported and said the she is considering further questions on the issue being referred to her lawyer.
Liberians have been reacting to the news from various perspectives. Many supporters and well-wishers of the current government have criticized the former President’s action, terming it as a deliberate attempt to halt the investigation. They believe she had a major part to play in the saga, since it was during her administration the approval was given for these monies to be printed.
Other Liberians have however come in defense of the former President, stating that bulk of these monies were received under the current regime, and that President Sirleaf didn’t leave office without informing President Weah about Liberia financial state.
It can be recalled, President Sirleaf during an interview said, she did not leave a broke government and told Liberians that Finance Minister Tweah only needed to sign certain documents to have access to monies left at the Central Bank.
This is a developing story, and The Liberian Billboard will update it as more information come in.